TORONTO – You could call him a “big man on canvas.”
A portrait of the colourful Mayor Rob Ford was unveiled at city hall Thursday.
It was painted by Coun. Gary Crawford who was commissioned by the mayor’s mother, Diane Ford.
“He gave me more hair,” Ford quipped.
It took Scarborough councillor Crawford 150 hours to capture Ford in droplets of paint.
“Words don’t describe how much this means to me,” Ford said.
“It’s very, very kind of you to do that. I know it means a lot to my mom.”
The portrait will hang in Ford’s mother’s living room, which has some wondering why city staff and resources were used at city hall for the unveiling.
“Why is it being unveiled at city hall? It’s not city business, it’s a private painting,” one woman said.
“It’s wonderful for his mom to have it but do it on your time. It’s a campaigning tactic I think,” another woman said.
The portrait was done free of charge and was cleared with the city’s integrity commissioner, the mayor’s office said in a release.